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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a really bad story, but not really good either, June 24, 2016
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There is really nothing bad about this short story; however, I did not find anything really good about it either. It does not have any offensive parts, and it is seemingly free of grammatical errors etc. It is the memoirs of a downed small aircraft pilot in the frigid snow laden Alaska. It is a tale of his thoughts, fears and what he believes to be, his impending death, after his plane crashed.

The first part of the story was excessively dull and mundane; however, it picked up a bit after the crash. The whole story lacked appealing descriptive passages to help the reader envision the great Alaska Wild and the turmoil the pilot was experiencing. The monotone style of writing is rather drab, and it leaves much to the imagination. The whole tale, while touching, is a bit boring. The novella is a quick read, and has some anxious and tender moments. It seemed to me it was filled with bits and pieces instead of whole parts, and could very well have been a magazine article if it were not for the excessive flashbacks and Italian/English Christian references.

Murder One (David Sloane Book 4)
Murder One (David Sloane Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Readerlicious experience for me, June 24, 2016
I love both the Tracy Crosswhite series and the David Sloan suspense/thriller series by Robert Dugoni. Therefore, I was thrilled to find that, in MURDER ONE, Dugoni brings together detective Crosswhite and never lose lawyer, David Sloan. While this is primarily a David Sloan winding and turning tale, Tracy Crosswhite, and partner, Kinsington Rowe do add a bit of deviation and some unexpected suspenseful moments.

This story has a somewhat involved plot and held my captivated attention from beginning to the end. I was sure that I had figured out the culprit early on…..but then, seemingly I was wrong. There were clues that I picked up on, and wham o, it appeared the culprit was someone else! That kind of guessing is what makes a suspense story lots of fun for me.

All the characters are well developed and are either really likable, truly good people, or sleazy and just plain ornery liars, cheats or morally indecent beings. There are some nice descriptive scenes of the Seattle area which are accurate and give a great mental image of the city and surrounding area. The courtroom scenes are well done and create some tense drama with surprises abounding around the tightly woven twists and sometimes hairpin curves. They are incorporated in such a manner that I almost felt that I was an observer to the whole scenario. The plot is a good one, and it moved smoothly. The ending was a bit of a surprise......but then....maybe not!

David Sloan is experiencing a new venue in his career. He has returned from a sabbatical in Mexico where he went after the brutal murder of his wife one year prior. After a black tie dinner/dance at which Sloan is guest speaker, he is trying to sneak away before the socializing begins. He unexpectedly collides with Barclay Reid, a lady lawyer that he butted heads with in one of his most notarized cases. They soon begin socializing and Sloan finds himself falling in love with Barclay. She initially asks a huge favor of Sloan, and while he considers the favor, life makes a downward plunge. Barclay is accused of murder and asks Sloan to represent her. He is way out of his expertise because criminal law is not his forte.

The way in which Sloan prepares his case is impressive, and his courtroom posturing is awesome and makes him seem like a real person. In fact, the writing style makes the whole legal staff seem crafty and capable to the point that the reader will be left wondering who will win the case.

You're bound to have a readerlicious experience if you like courtroom drama and police investigation kind of reads with suspense and oodles of twists and turns.

US History: Greatest Hits: 47 Stories in American History: From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (American History, US History Books)
US History: Greatest Hits: 47 Stories in American History: From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (American History, US History Books)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting from the description of the book, June 9, 2016
I was expecting a “riveting and historically accurate” story as the description of the book stated. I did not find it riveting. It was slightly entertaining, but not every story is full of authentic facts. Ex: J. Edgar Hoover was never president as stated in the McCarthyism story, and Dwight D. Eisenhower was president in 1955…….not Nixon as stated in a another tale.

I did not learn anything new, and it is not a book that I would use for hard core reference. Those that do not have much knowledge of past United States history might learn a thing or two about our nation's past. The stories are short, and include events from 1770-2009. The subject matter includes wars, politics, civil rights, history of the hamburger, social media, AIDS, and more. The book is rather basic in information for each event, and the way it is written might make it a fun and easy read for some. Evidently the book is written with an intended audience of grades 8-12. That age group might very well gain some info about our country's past, but the accuracy in facts is a definite minus.

When I Found You
When I Found You
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique bond of love akin to a boy and his grandfather, June 6, 2016
This review is from: When I Found You (Kindle Edition)
Well written story of child abandonment, deep caring, emotion, rebellion, and Reader's Digest, Ladies Home Journal kind of clean human interest story. A good YA read, but one that can certainly be enjoyed by all ages.

There is nothing offensive in this tale of two Nathans. There is no sex, no violence, no bloody gore and no foul language. There is nothing to offend anyone. This is just a nice relaxing easy read. There are; however, some sad moments, some elating ones and some chortles thrown in. On the other hand, the three dimensional characters' behavior sometimes seems too stilted, and predictable.

One brisk and frosty October morn starts out as any other duck hunting jaunt for Nathan McCann and his faithful curly coated retriever named Sadie. Nathan is a middle age accountant who is also an avid duck hunter. His outings are usually non-eventful, and he just goes home with a duck or two that will later be roasted to perfection. However the morning quickly turns into a monumental event when Nathan rakes back some leaves under the branches of an old tree where Sadie has made a life-saving discovery. Hidden under the leaves is a newborn baby barely alive.

From this emotional discovery, Nathan McCann's life will be forever changed by the baby boy to be named Nathan Bates. Nathan McCann immediately wants to adopt the baby; however, that is not meant to be. He will; however, be a remote part of Nathan Bates life early on. Later, the elder complacent Nathan will become the guardian for the younger discontented Nathan.

The tale follows the boy as he grows into adulthood with a chip on his shoulder. As Nathan Bates grows and becomes rebellious, he finds that his earthly guardian angel never gives up on him even when he takes advantage of the kindly acts of Nathan McCann. The plot is a good one, but the story is a bit slow paced, and fairly predictable.

Even though the characters are fairly well-developed Nathan McCann is a bit too passive; therefore, did not seem real. I kept wanting him to lose his cool and blow off some steam. That just never happened. He was just too predictable and contented even when he was challenged by an unhappy marriage, a rebellious teenager and divorce. He just never lost his temper, never seemed overly concerned by the continued problems that the teenager inflicted upon him. He seemed to have an acceptance and answers for everything.

Nathan Bates, on the other hand, was quick tempered, rebellious, and self-centered. In spite of his personality flaws, his conscience motivated him to want to please others. He suffered from overactive selfishness, unrealistic goals, dependence upon others for his success, but the kid had lots of spunk. While not always likable, his character seemed realistic and teen-like.

This was an entertaining read, and I would like to give it 3.5 rating. Since that is not possible, I am rounding it up to a 4 star read.

Boar Island: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)
Boar Island: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)
by Nevada Barr
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anna is pretty much in the shadows in this tale!, May 31, 2016
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I have been an Anna Pigeon fan since her debut in Track of the Cat. The thing that I have enjoyed most was her courage, strength, determination and ingeniousness. Like the rest of us, in reality, Anna has slowed down as she ages, and that is obviously happening to Anna in this tale. Her superwoman strength and vigilance which was notable in previous escapades is beginning to weaken; however her determination and bravado are still front and foremost. Her spirit also seems to be waning, and other characters in this series seem to be front stage and center. Anna makes appearances, but is in the background throughout much of the first half of the spinning of this tale. She does make prime time in the second half; however, she is not the always in control Anna that she used to be!

There are actually two storylines, and neither is fully developed. They are connected by a somewhat loose thread in that Anna has a minor role in one and is an obstacle that needs to be removed in the other. Some of the characters are fully developed while others seem to be afterthoughts. The tale jumps back and forth from one storyline to the other without a real connection until the end is near.

Heath, a paraplegic, and her adopted teenage daughter E. (Elizabeth) were first introduced in several books back. Both were leading characters in Destroyer Angel, the book preceding Boar Island. Heath and E. are main characters in this winding and jagged story. E. is the victim of cyber stalking/bullying, and no one has a clue who the perpetrator is. Heath decides to take her daughter to remote Boar Island off the coast of Maine for a few weeks. She's hoping the bullying will disappear while they are away.

Anna is taking over the reins of the Acadia National Park while the Chief Ranger is fighting forest fires for three weeks. The Park is a short distance from the island. Anna is a good friend of Heath and E, and is also the teenager's godmother. Along for their island tenure is Heath's septuagenarian Auntie Gwen. Gwen is a pediatrician and pretty zippy with lots of feisty behavior left in her aging body. Gwen and E. will see that Heath's special needs are met, and in case an emergency arises Anna is just a phone call away.

The descriptive narrative is well done in depicting the small island. I had no problem visualizing the spooky old mansion and the surrounding area. The backdrop for Boar Island and the solitary old mansion/castle tends to create goose bumps. The only way to get to the island is by boat, but there are two means of conveyance into the structure. One is to climb the steep stairs carved into the granite which is the base of the island, and the other way into their new living quarters is by a somewhat crudely made lift. Nice atmosphere for ghostly tales, but perhaps not so for three females of varying ages and agility!

I had no problem visualizing a paraplegic trying to maneuver up those sleek steep granite steps leading to the creeping groans and obscure sounds that go bump in the night in unfamiliar surroundings. Heath now has, on loan for her island retreat, another means of maneuverability. How fascinating to learn that in spite of her paralyzed legs, Heath is now able to “walk.” I'm not sure if such an innovative invention exists, but it is rather elating to read about.

Twins who were separated at birth, but are now together, lend a somewhat psychopathic menu to the story. Be prepared for a disjointed read about cyber stalking, murder, kidnappings and murderous behavior of characters. Parts of the story are pretty inferior reading for an Anna Pigeon tale, but bits and pieces are really quite spell bounding. Boar Island may satisfy your thriller reading pleasure, but it dulled my appetite for more Anna Pigeon adventures. I felt parts of this tale almost seemed like a draft version as opposed to the finished creation. It was not the entertaining national park mystery series, with Anna Pigeon as the main character, that I was expecting to read.

15th Affair
15th Affair
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bumper Car Ride for Lindsay Boxer…..Murders, A Plane crash, A missing husband...Oh My!, May 25, 2016
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This review is from: 15th Affair (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed this book because there was lots of mystery, suspense and a thriller aspect. Parts of it were a bit like a soap opera; however, it had plenty of thrills, exciting twists and a number of turns. It grabbed my attention at the beginning and held it to the end. The ending…...well, okay, the stopping point, was not a very satisfactory one for me. It left me wondering if there will be a follow-up in the next Women's Murder Club story or is the reader just supposed to keep guessing!

The Women's Murder Club's usual jovial togetherness is almost non-existent in this story. 15th Affair is as much about Detective Lindsay Boxer's personal life as it is solving crimes. She has crimes to solve, finding her missing husband, and being a mother all the while getting beat up by unknown assailants.

There are hotel murders to solve, and a mysterious plane crash that kills everyone aboard. Boxer and her partner are on stake-out to try to find clues to the unsolved murders. A surveillance camera catches the face of a passerby, and Boxer recognizes the face as that of her husband Joe. Another surveillance camera catches a picture of Joe and Boxer identifies a voice as that of her husband. Joe has been absent from home, and Boxer has no idea where he is or why. As the investigations speed up, there is another murder. Is Joe somehow involved?

There are so many questions, doubts, suspicions etc. mounting in Boxer's mind. She is followed, beaten up and exhausted. She starts her search for Joe. What she learns is not what she was expecting, and it certainly was not what she wanted. There are things about Joe that she is having a very difficult time accepting.

925 Sterling Silver Stackable Ring with Genuine Turquoise and Semiprecious Gemstones Sizes 6 to 11 (6)
925 Sterling Silver Stackable Ring with Genuine Turquoise and Semiprecious Gemstones Sizes 6 to 11 (6)
Offered by Turquoise Network
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased With My Purchase, May 16, 2016
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I consider this a good buy because the ring is well made, solid sterling and attractive. The ring is 3mm long (vertical) and the stones are approximately 20mm across (horizontal) in a size 6. The ring measures 4mm high and the bottom of the band is 2.5 mm in length (vertical). The word sterling is stamped on the inside.

Even though the ring has a Southwest look, it was not made in the U.S. It was made in the Philippines. I own a lot of handmade Navajo sterling and turquoise. That jewelry is much more expensive, but it is also quite a bit heavier. This ring is not quite the quality of the Navajo jewelry; however, it is good quality and pleasing to the eye. The sterling has a high polish finish and is very smooth. I wear a size 6, ordered a size 6, and the ring fits as I expected and hoped for.

While the ring is not heavy, it has an acceptable weight. It has held its shape well. Actually, I am amazed that I could purchase a ring of this weight, workmanship and attractiveness for the small amount of money that I paid.

I wear this one and a turquoise one made in the same design from the same company. They are charismatic stacked together or mixed with narrow sterling stackable Carolyn Pollack bands with southwest designs or just plain sterling bands. This ring would also make a nice wedding band with a turquoise engagement ring if one is not a diamond or high-ticket gemstone type of gal.

I also purchased two other rings from Turquoise Network. I really like the fast service, the quality of the jewelry; however, I am disappointed that the ring is not U>S. made.

Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey
Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leaving Life Behind in a Hospice Setting, May 16, 2016
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These are stories taken from a hospice nurse's experiences in a hospice setting. This is interesting reading, well written but somewhat repetitive. The collection of short stories is primarily of people making peace with themselves, forgiveness of others and reconnecting with family members, friends and linking up once again with a religious faith that they previously left behind...rather than a vast collection of glimpses of heaven.

The stories are told from a religious view by a very religious author. They emphasize the goodness and understanding of God. There are not many stories about nonbelievers and their actual experiences with meeting death.

There is really not much offered for those non-Christian readers. Not everybody who dies is a Christian. The book does not have any stories about atheists or anyone that had religious beliefs other than Christian. There is one story about an elderly Jewish man that is more about the author's time spent with him than the man himself. The stories are as much about the author as they are about her patients…..her thoughts, her actions and her prayers.

I did enjoy reading that each and every individual seemed to have died with dignity and experienced true happiness in their last days/hours. Like some of the other reviewers, I also was expecting to read about real glimpses of what real people experienced in visions of a possible afterlife. Those glimpses are few and far between. While these stories are touching, sad, humorous and tender this book is chiefly short stories about the last days or hours of dying people's experiences with family, friends and/or a Catholic Priest, as opposed to a vast collection of heavenly visions as experienced by those about to meet death up close and personal. Those of the Catholic faith may very well marvel at these stories, more so than other faiths, because that is the religion most represented in these stories.

It is heartwarming to know every individual's story had a happy ending in that they died peacefully. Each dying individual, in this collection of stories, was surrounded by family or friends and not left to die alone. All seem to have a comfortable exit from Earth into Heaven. How nice it would be if that was always the norm for the average person. I know, from personal experience, that medications given to ease pain can likewise cause one to have hallucinations and be able to describe those visions to others. There are almost no stories of any dying individual being in excruciating pain at the time of death. The pain seems to disappear, in these stories, shortly before death.

I smiled as I read about the young man planning his own Methodist funeral. I could almost see the two little girls pointing out where there father was to be buried. Human interest story…..not glimpses of heaven.

Now the one thing that I had trouble with was the story of a picture on the wall that was never there. It was seen by both the author and her dying patient. A bit of paranormal here?

Live and Let Diet (Australian Amateur Sleuth) (Volume 1)
Live and Let Diet (Australian Amateur Sleuth) (Volume 1)
by Morgana Best
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars No-brainer kind of lazy day read, May 14, 2016
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This is a fun and easy read; however, it is the same book that was previously titled A Cereal Killer by the same author. That title is apparently now only available in paperback and no longer available in the Kindle format. If you have read A Cereal Killer, do not bother with this one. The description does state that the book has been rewritten and lengthened. The only noticeable difference that I found; however, does not contain the dog quotes that were at the beginning of each chapter in A Cereal Killer. Otherwise, the two books are the same.

There are lots of twists and turns and suspenseful moments…... for the main character, Sibyl Potts.

Sibyl's life spins out of control the moment she arrives in Little Tatterford to put behind her a messy divorce and find some peace and quiet. Life; however, is anything but peaceful from the minute Sybil arrives in Little Tatterford. She is immediately greeted with a murder when she goes to pick up house keys to the little cottage that is to be her new home. She finds herself in a bit of muck with the police, her life is endangered, and she encounters quirky characters everywhere she goes. The events are causing Sybil humongous anguish, and that is what she was planning to leave behind.

The setting is a small village in Australia. The characters are far-out, and one or more is a villain! There are lots of twists and turns to keep track of. There are some laugh out loud sections, and there is no offensive language. If you like extremely tense, gory and bloody violence, then pass on this one. It is a very cozy little mystery. The book is suitable for YA and up. This relaxing and enjoyable story is a no-brainer kind of lazy day read.

Bodily Harm: A Novel (David Sloane Book 3)
Bodily Harm: A Novel (David Sloane Book 3)
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping thriller with a bit unusual plot, May 8, 2016
Hire David Sloan if you need a top-notch criminal attorney. He will fight to set you free!

Attorney Sloan has just had another major megabuck win. Something about the medical malpractice case has always been a bit worrisome, but he just could not put his finger on the puzzle part that did not quite fit. However, Sloan reevaluates the case after the pediatrician is convicted and then commits suicide. As Sloan slowly begins to unravel the truth, his personal world collides with his professional one. Then everything begins to tumble and crumble.

David Sloan's life has always been an extremely stressful one, and he has managed it well. After all, repeated success is what has earned him the title of the never lose lawyer. His job has been his entire life until two years prior when he married Tina and became a father to her son, Jake. The follow-up on Tina and Jake did not make this reader a happy one; however, it was an essential ingredient to the story.

The story takes the reader through the cutthroat world of toy manufacturing. This is just the beginning of a cat and mouse game that will ultimately inflict personal tragedy upon Sloan as well as danger to him and his investigative partner, Charlie Jenkins. The story is filled with sadness, danger, murder, corporate greed, revenge and super hero acts of bravery.

The storyline was a bit unusual, and it flows smoothly for the most part. There is an abundance of well-written action and emotional scenes. The intense adrenaline laden passages kept my eyes glued to the test as I tried to figure out what would happen next, but I was frequently surprised. So many startling twists and turns!

There are a few instances of confusing and slightly jerky scenarios and a caboodle of unsavory characters to keep track of. The ratio of good guys vs the bad guys seems to favor the perpetrators; however, the good guys manage to hold their own. There are also numerous then and back to now passages. This adds interest and sometimes fills in the blanks for those who do not know the childhood to adult history of David Sloan. This might seem slightly redundant to those who have read previous books in the series.

If you like gripping thrillers with a bit unusual plot, piles of fast moving action, whole slew of surprises and courtroom drama with endangerment lurking around corners outside the courtroom, then try this one. I have yet failed to enjoy any of Robert Dugoni's books, and this one did not disappoint.

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